Hales leads England to dramatic win over India

Ross Houston
July 11, 2018

His century in the final match at Bristol helped India win their first T20I series in England. England's first-10-overs run rate of 5.63 is the best among the top teams during this period, while India are in sixth place at 4.92, only above Bangladesh, Pakistan, West Indies and Afghanistan.

Since 2016, the English batsmen have raked up most number of runs when it comes to the 50-over format - 14,297 (1,533 runs more than the second highest team). Rahul pounced on Ball, striking him for a straight six, but when he tried to repeat the shot, Jordan sprinted to his right at long-on to take a diving catch that left the batsman shaking his head. Dhoni took a simple catch. Including highlights, interviews, features getting you closer to the England team and county players. And that difference cost England the match - believes England skipper Eoin Morgan. Opener Jason Roy and Jos Buttler came heavy upon the Indian bowling attack in the early overs as the duo scored a phenomenal 94 runs in less than 8 overs before Buttler fell prey to a clever Siddarth Kaul delivery.

Eoin Morgan (C), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Jake Ball, and Sam Curran.

The only way England were going to contain India here was by taking wickets.

However, India slowly brought themselves back into the match.

But numerous decisive factors in this series - the variety of India's bowling, the strength of their batting - will apply to 50-over cricket, too. Roy completed his half-century.

Hardik got Stokes' wicket.

Dhoni, who took became the first player to take five catches in a T20 global, removed his glove before the final ball of the innings, making it easier for him to run out Jordan as he tried to pinch a bye.

"Certainly the plans we had, we committed to them a lot more". The execution wasn't up to scratch. But we played better than we did at Old Trafford and the plans we had we committed to more.

Kohli was sent back to pavillion by Chris Jordan at the score of 43 but the Indian captain, along with Sharma, had already done the damage to England. I think it was a brutal day for the bowlers. If they can beat India in these conditions, they really can be considered favourites for the World Cup. I haven't bowled against Kohli yet but I'm hoping a huge player like him will focus me and I can get him out. We backed up something and the guys produced the goods for us. They look daunting. And MS Dhoni didn't even make it to the crease. "We applied pressure and pulled the game back nicely".

The second highest run-getter in the series behind Rohit Sharma.

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